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David Randolph Smith

David Randolph Smith

David Randolph Smith is a respected Nashville Tennessee personal injury lawyer.
  • Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice ...
  • Tennessee, Texas
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Mr. Smith has been a trial attorney for 40 years and was a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School. For the past twenty years, he has represented individuals in plaintiff's personal injury litigation. He is the founder of DRS Law, a top-rated personal injury law firm in Nashville, Tennessee. DRS Law has grown into a five-lawyer team that includes his three sons.


Mr. Smith has been recognized by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Personal Injury Litigation and as one of the Best Lawyers in Tennessee. The Business Tennessee Best Lawyers List described Mr. Smith as "An all-star across the state."

He has tried over 100 cases in state and federal courts throughout the nation, in Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Montana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Washington D.C.

In 2006 he obtained a record $7.2 million verdict in a wrongful death case in Warren County, Tennessee. He served as plaintiffs' counsel in the Tri-State Crematory class action litigation against Georgia Farm Bureau ($80 million judgment) and represented class members who received $36 million in settlements.

Mr. Smith has represented individuals in several landmark cases before the Tennessee Supreme Court that resulted in changes in the law that make our communities safer, including:

• Jordan v. Baptist Three Rivers: holding for the first time that a plaintiff could recover damages for the loss of her mother’s emotional support.

• Ashe v. Radiation Oncology Associates: adopting the legal standard proposed by Mr. Smith, which has protected the rights of patients across Tennessee to be informed participants in their health care decisions.

• Bennett v. Trevecca Nazarene University: holding that those injured by others’ negligence could recover where the responsible party had assumed a duty of care.

University of Texas - Austin
J.D (1978)
Honors: with honors, Order of the Coif
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Harvard University
B.A | History & Literature
Honors: cum laude
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Medical Malpractice Specialist
Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.
Civil Trial Specialist
Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.
Professional Associations
Tennessee State Bar  # 011905
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  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Civil Rights
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Nursing Home Abuse
Products Liability
Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Insurance Claims
Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Additional Practice Area
  • Constitutional Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
1913 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Telephone: (615) 742-1775
Fax: (615) 742-1223
Monday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Our top-rated Tennessee personal injury lawyers provide free, no-pressure case evaluations. We will help you determine if you have a case and will answer all your questions in plain English. We never charge any fees until we win your case.